20th Century

Advice for health and grooming, 1931

To be sure that you present a consistently well-groomed appearance, check yourself each night by the following “daily dozen”:

  1. Have I shampooed my hair (if necessary) and brushed it?
  2. Have I brushed and thoroughly cleaned my teeth twice today?
  3. Did I have eight hours of sleep last night?
  4. Have I thoroughly cleansed my face, hands and body?
  5. Have I taken some out-of-door exercise today?
  6. Have I had adequate intestinal elimination?
  7. Have I eaten three balanced meals?
  8. If I use cosmetics, have I chosen and applied them artistically?
  9. Have I kept my nails clean and well manicured?
  10. Have I maintained a good posture?
  11. Did my clothes appear well kept?
  12. Were my undergarments and hose fresh?

McCalls, early 1930s

Excerpted from:

Rathbone, Lucy & Tarpley, Elizabeth, Fabrics and Dress.  From the Riverside Home Economics Series.  San Francisco: Houghton Mifflin Company.  1931 (given to me by the amazing Elise, and it is amazing and pretty much my favourite sewing book ever, already!)

7 Comments

  1. Some nice advice to go along with my new 1932 vintage patterns. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. Elise says

    Glad to be of service! And that advice is still pretty relevant!

  3. “Intestinal elimination”!!!

    Those dresses are quite fabulous. I can’t decide which one I like better, which means I like them all!

  4. I like this list. It is sensible, practical, and healthy. I’m a little surprised that I would actually be able to tick off most of them.

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